$23 Million Available in Pennsylvania for Adult Basic Education Direct Service Grants

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HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education announced that $23 million is now available to support lifelong learning through the Adult Basic Education Direct Service grant competition.

“At PDE, we believe in equitable access to a high-quality education for all Pennsylvanians, and that extends to learners of all ages in all communities,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Noe Ortega. “With funding from the Adult Basic Education Direct Service grants, local programs provide adults in their communities with opportunities for lifelong learning to develop skills and create new pathways for success.”

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 2:00 PM.

The grants are awarded to local adult education programs to provide free adult education and literacy activities to help adults, including English language learners, improve their reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, and mathematics skills; earn a high school equivalency credential; and develop the knowledge and skills for employment and economic self-sufficiency.

Over the past seven years, the Wolf Administration has awarded $153 million in Adult Basic Education Direct Service grant funding to organizations across Pennsylvania.

Individuals in adult education programs gain the education and skills necessary to transition to postsecondary education and training. Adults who are parents or family members gain education and skills to support the educational development of their children and improve the economic opportunities for their families.

For more information, applicants may review the Adult Basic Education Direct Service RGA Guidelines, watch the Adult Basic Education Direct Service Grant Competition Information Webinar and access Frequently Asked Questions.

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For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, visit their website

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